Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's licence after crash

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2019

Prince Philip, 97, surrendered his driving licence on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh was behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive near the royal family's Sandringham estate in eastern England when he smashed into another auto on January 17.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Philip relinquished his licence on Saturday.

The accident, on January 17, saw the Duke pulled out of his auto through the sunroof after it "tumbled" across the A149 and ended on its side. The Duke, as well as the driver of the other vehicle and a small child passenger, were uninjured.

Further controversy followed when photographs showing the Duke driving without wearing a seatbelt were released.

"After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence", the royal palace said in a statement.

Fairweather said: "He's making the most sensible decision he can".

"Undoubtedly the roads will be safer now. But he can work around it".

"It's a shame he didn't make it a bit sooner but it's the right thing to do".

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She recently revealed she will need surgery to heal her wrist, which was injured in the crash.

"We had the same problem with my grandfather and he didn't even have chauffeurs", they said.

Prince Philip's, the Duke of Edinburgh, vehicle being made ready for recovery after he was involved in a road traffic accident on the A149 at Babingley, near King's Lynn.

The duke will now be driven to and from engagements by royal drivers.

Debris is seen at the scene where Britain's Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident, near the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, January 18, 2019.

Prosecutors said they would consider the decision as they decide whether to charge the husband of Queen Elizabeth II over the January 17 crash.

Police issued him with "suitable words of advice" and said "any appropriate action" would be taken if necessary.

On January 21, Prince Philip sent her a letter wishing her a "speed recovery" and that he "failed to see the auto coming", the Sunday Mirror reported.

The driver of the other vehicle, Emma Fairweather, suffered a broken wrist in the crash, but her nine-month-old baby boy - who was also in the auto - did not suffer any serious injuries.

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